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by interstate. california will have to high- speed trains. we are expanding 110 miles per hour service. that is high-speed train. in october i wrote on a train for a very short stretch. i saw the progress myself. i recently visited a plant that is building 130 rail cars increasing about 250 jobs in the process. these are cars being ordered from california and other places. these are american jobs. american workers building america's train sets. that is what this is about. this plant and not exist before president obama initiated a high-speed rail program. -- this plan that did not exist before president obama initiated a high-speed rail program. when i was there that day, they are talking about building another facility there as a result this is lustration has for rail. it is not just the future. these eight jobs exist today as a result of our investments. there strengthening the connections between regions and revitalizing -- they are strengthening the connections between regions in revitalizing. we're trying to determine the next corridor of service. in a short amount of time we have
in the states where they are already legal and secondly, what's to come of them in california. >>> just a day after washington state become the latest allowing gay couples to get married, the supreme court said it will delve into one of the nation's most hotly debated issues. >> the highest court in the land has decided to take up what will be one of the biggest civil rights cases that this court could ever hear. >> the court agreed to take up the legal battle over california's proposition 8 passed by voters four years ago ending same-sex marriage in the state. a federal appeals court ruled the ban unconstitutional on grounds that applied only in california. but now that the supreme court is weighing in, the justices could get to the more basic issue. can any state ban same-sex marriage. nine permit it or will, so does washington diagnosis. the court also agreed to hear a challenge to the federal defense of marriage absent. it defines marriage as, quote, only a legal union between one man and one woman. the law had a big effect on eddie windsor of new york who married thea spire. when she die
on same-sex marriage. hearing cases on the defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. much more on that in a moment, and the busy week ends with some good news for america's workers and the president. a little christmas cheer some early. the u.s. economy generating a stronger than expected 146,000 new jobs in november helping trim the jobless rate to 7.7%. a four-year low. happy holidays, right? not if you're john boehner. >> this isn't a progress report because there is no progress to report. the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> yes, indeed, it's like a visit from the ghost of christmas past, casual friday edition. another positive month of jobs numbers, another glum assessment by bah humbug boehner. he couldn't even be bothered to put on a holiday tie to take up the case of mr. scrooge and the top 2%. as nancy pelosi asked, why, oh, why is congress on another recess when they could be extending tax breaks for the middle class just in time for christmas? >> this is a moment of truth, the clock is
california health center that discusses marijuana and >> ifill: we have the story of a legal showdown between a california health center that dispenses marijuana and federal authorities. >> just people feel safe coming here. like going to your neighborhood cvs or anywhere else. >> brown: open season in congress look >> brown: seven weeks after election day, there are open seats in congress. we look at contests in three senate races. >> ifill: fred de sam lazaro profiles a priest who became a doctor to help haiti's poor and orphaned children. >> brown: and we close with a conversation with the editor of a new anthology of verse: 100 poems written over 100 years. >> it doesn't have poetry. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and...
east merced street in fowler, california thearks cecil e. bolt post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. farenthold, and the gentlelady from new york, mrs. maloney each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. farenthold: i yield myself such time as i may consume and ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days with which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. farenthold: mr. speaker, h.r. 4389 introduced by the gentleman from california, mr. costa, would designate the facile i have to the united states postal service, located at 19 east merced street in fowler, california a this has the cecil e. bolt post office this bill was introduced on april 18 and prereported favorably from the committee on government oversight and reform on june 7. cecil bolt was drafted into the army prior to the start of world war ii. he was assigned to the allusion isl
doma, the federal law that's now before this court, and when we filed the case right here in california, as one has to do, we sued the governor at the time which was arnold schwarzenegger and our attorney general at the time which was jerry brown, the current governor. both responded by refusing to defend the case and ultimately joined our side in the case and said it was fundamentally an unconstitutional law and they weren't going to defend it. so the judge in our case, chief judge vaughn walker, who wrote that historic ruling in this case, allowed the intervening defendants, the proponents of prop 8, to intervene and to defend the case. on the doma case the small group of folks on capitol hill out of the house have come together and are defending it because the federal government won't. at the end of the day this is unconstitutional, and everyone knows it. >> it's a day in history here. this could be a major moment in the court's history. look at what tom goldstein of scotus blogged last week. quote, i have never before seen cases i believe would be discussed 200 years from now. bush
tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 15 seconds. mr. dreier: i thank my friend for the 15 seconds, and i'll try not to exceed that. if i do i appreciate his generosity in yielding me such time as i might consume. mr. speaker, let me just say that i appreciate the fact that my friend said we should have a defense capability that is second to none. we should be pre-eminent in the world. i appreciate his statement that that needs to be done. i also appreciate the fact that he talks about the multifairous societal needs out there, ensuring we don't see those who are struggling to make ends meet suffer. we concur wholeheartedly in that goal. but i have said this time and time again, i said it in the rules committee, and mr. bishop and i had a discussion about this. and mr. hastings got into this as well. and that is i argue, this is my perspective, and thomas jefferson said two thinking people given the exact same of facts can draw different conclusions, but i concluded as i look at the preamble of the constitution with all of the important statements in there, we th
at the university california berkeley last year demonstrated that at least half of that is because unemployment insurance keeps people attached to the job search and attached to the workforce, which we want. 9 heldrich center out of rutgers did a study as well around this time last year showing that workers who are unemployed who are receiving unemployment do more job search activities than those who don't get benefits and are willing to settle for lower paying jobs than those who are not getting benefits. >> brown: a final last word. >> certainly true, in the first few weeks of unemployment. are you out there, injure job skills are refresh, are you used to getting up and getting to, without. the long their goes on, the less you are doing all of those things. and now the structural problem is this. we have a huge body of people who have been out of the labor force so long that their skills are really-- we need to attend to this difference. so extending unemployment for humanitarian purposes, we probably should do that. but change the system so we have training involved. >> bill beech and judy c
security. chairman of the house armed services committee, california congressman, bruce mckeown will weigh in on the impact these cuts will v that is live in our next hour. gregg: secretary of state hillary clinton now hospitalized after the discovery of a blood clot following a concussion earlier this month. that concussion apparently related and causing secretary clinton to postpone her testimony on the benghazi terror attack. doctors say the blood clot is very risky. >> blood clots are serious depending where they are. the leg is more common and simpler to treat. lungs are more life threaten, into the brain of course, very, very serious if it is in the brain because of stroke and potential memory and injury to the entire brain. gregg: david lee miller is live in new york city with the very latest. and, david, what do we know about the location of that blood clot? >> reporter: gregg, the authorities have not released that information. they have only disclosed she is being treated for a clot. she fainted earlier this month and hit her head causing a discussion. the clot was discovered in
its first news conference since the elementary school shooting. >>> california has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, but some state lawmakers are looking to make them even stronger. several lawmakers are saying it's time to put into place more restrictions on guns, specifically assaults weapons. >> we currently have a ban on assault weapon rifles in the state of california. the gun manufacturers have made modifications to those assault weapons whereby you can easily take a magazine out of those assault rifles, but by pushing a button, you can easily do that. >> he adds another state senator is looking at a proposal that puts restrictions on ammunition. >>> another day of heartbreaking goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. family and friends attended funerals for victoria soto, the hero 1st grade teacher who died protecting her students. services were held for three additional students. attendees were overwhelmed by the loss. >> i just can't imagine. i have a cart daughter the same age. [ crying ] >> just the face and the smile and the happiness he had. >> the co
in creating. host: here is mike from san diego, california. guest: good morning. real quick question. i do air traffic control. with a do you think they'll do with the sequester as far as their traffic controllers? guest: i wish i could tell you. i've seen the same numbers you have. 20,000 people furloughed. they're going to provide as much coverage as they can so different people could be furloughed different days. host: ray, in iowa, democrats line. host: morning, ladies. earlier, one of the callers made a statement about federal workers having their jobs. they come to work, they didn't have to do their jobs and they couldn't be fired. nothing's further from the truth. the only way that someone's job cannot be fired is they have an i.p. -- income tent boss. if they do something wrong or they're not doing their job, all their supervisor has to and is document it. i'm a retired postal worker and there's nobody that cannot be fired. there is a point -- the other point i like to make is this absurdity about overpayment. the private sector equal jobs i know i was a postal worker. the private sect
hopeful this we can get this resolved. >>> breaking news a 6.3 earthquake off the southern california coast was felt from san diego north into l.a. county. >> southern california is in store for another day of high tides and flooding. the so-called king tides are formed by the alignment of the sun, moon and earth. >>> this happens once every 30 years. >> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be making progress as he battles a lung infection. >>> it started with trash talking and ended with gunfire. surveillance cameras capture a shooting wounding two people. >> all that -- >> okay. we need the jaws of life. >> final in philadelphia, 34-13 cincinnati. >> the houston rockets' latest effort to sing is pretty embarrassing. ♪ and dradle i shall -- >> how do i even know you're a nun? you don't have the thing on. >> i know, i know but i have my medal on. >> is that your nun badge? >> that's my nun badge. >> barbara walters most fascinating person of the year is disgraced cia former director david petraeus. >> i was thinking if this guy was a
. glass in kentucky. >> it says on the back of an apple product, designed in california, assembled in the united states. >> several part are from the united states. >> reporter: apple is joining a trend, the wave of american companies, beginning to rethink their strategy of where their manufacture their products. chinese wa chinese wages have risen 15 to 20% a year. reason to come back. proximity. location. make it here. you don't have to ship from china the saving money. suddenly the math isn't adding up. >> they're deciding made in america makes more sense? >> yes, an economic question about being made in america. not a patriotic question. it is an economic question. >> david muir, abc new, new york. >> the guy said a mouthful there. not a patriotic decision, it is an economic decision. whatever gives them more profit. whatever takes the least out of the bottom line is what major companies always opt to do. >> they will begin putting together macs here in the united states in 2013. back in the 80s. the original, original mac factory in free mont, california, failed for several re
northern california weather. the man and woman left citrus heights near sacramento on thursday. headed to their home in gardener hill, nevada and they have not been seen since. frer-year-old rod and his girlfriend paula lane were visiting family and friends in northern california before driving home to nevada in the storm. rescue teams and volunteers joining family members searching mountain highway in the snow for signs of the couple or even the car. >> everyone out there trying to $15 my dad and paula. it has been awesome seeing even come together. and i really appreciate it. >>reporter: rescue crew volunteer will continue to search for the couple tomorrow off road and on foot. >>> san francisco man has been charged with kidnapping and raping an autistic is 16-year-old girl. 36-year-old gary steve atkinson was arraigned today. heard the formal charges against hip. he's accused of abduct ago girl who wandered away from a youth center on november 27. she was found by a muni driver and helped police find atkinson. he's expected in court tomorrow. >> in the east bay people living
act, and the other, a challenge to california's proposition 8 which took away the right for gays and lesbians to legally wed in the state. now the court's expected to hear arguments in march, with a ruling by late june. and the decision to take on the issue comes just weeks after voters in three more states approved same of sex marriage. joining me now, cnn's legal analyst jeffrey toobin. how big is this? put this in perspective. >> huge. this is really a major event in american history, not just court history. same-sex marriage now is at the center of the american legal world. this was a cause that was seen as a fringe issue as recently as the '90s. >> it wasn't even mentioned as a possibility. >> it was not even mentioned. polling has gone from, you know, approximately 20% to 30% support in the '90s. now gallup poll showed 53%. exist polls showed 49%. now ark fears command close to a majority support. and now the supreme court may decide that same-sex marriage will be the law of the land everywhere. >> how much of this has been affected by the fact that for the first time in th
recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. woolsey, for five minutes. ms. woolsey: mr. speaker, the past weekend -- this past weekend we observed world aids day, a time to remember those lost to this horrific disease and to recommit ourselves to prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure. for more than 30 years now, hiv-aids has exacted a huge toll, killing more than 25 million people. every 9 1/2 minutes in our country, someone is infected. but this is predominantly a disease of the developing world. a shocking 33.4 million people are living with hiv-aids today, almost all in the world's poorer countries. particularly subsaharan africa. too many don't have access to the medication and overall health care infrastructure that they need. aids is linked to many other problems of poverty, malnutrition and other inphishes diseases as well. -- infectous diseases as well. it contributes to a sense of helplessness in countries that are already susceptible to violence and terrorism. if we don't contain and defeat this epidemic it will undermine democratic governments. it will continue to impede
warriors do. he spent time in a recovery facility in california to cope with the mental wounds of war. then in august, john decided to get some r&r. he wanted to go to costa rica with a fellow marine, ian, and they wanted to go on a surfing trip. according to ian, surfing gave john a peace of mind and helped really with his therapy. so the two packed up their car with their surf boards and began their journey from florida to costa rica. their trip took them through texas to the border, brownsville, texas. there they crossed the international border into matamoros, mexico, and that's as far as they got. john carried with him 100-year-old antique gun, a family air loom that belonged to his grandfather. when they arrived at the customs and border protection in texas, john did what he was supposed to do. he filled out all the necessary paperwork. he talked to u.s. customs and verified with them that the gun did not violate any mexican law. the two allegedly handed the mexican officials the paperwork regarding the rifle, but instead of continuing on their way to costa rica to go surfing, h
to take on is proposition 8, the california ballot initiative adding a state constitutional amendment in 2008 that said only marriage between a man or woman is valid or recognized in california. it overturned a court ruling that said same-sex couples have a right to marry. the cases are likely to be heard in march and decided some time in june. randi? >> joe johns, thank you very much for that. we'll be right back. >>> some are calling it the next "roe v. wade" or brown versus board of education. the issue the u.s. supreme court agreed to take on that will make history. >>> all of those who argued for non-intervention because of the things that might happen have now happened because we failed to intervene. >> when is enough enough? that is the question many are asking about syria as the death toll climbs and concerns mount over chemical weapons. now some lawmakers are saying it may be too late to stop mass destruction. >>> and could this be the end of "gangnam style" mania? why pop sensation psy is apologizing for some anti-american lyrics. [ telephones ringing ] at chevy's year-end e
. >> eric: remember the delta smelt from california to divert it away from farmers? we have our own endangered species on "the five." bob beckel. greater studio bison. >> dana: have you had a prairie chicken? >> bob: let me make a point. check that. every president i know -- >> dana: but obama hasn't to deal with this. >> bob: reagan did, bush did. even does. >> dana: doesn't you think it's odd? >> bob: it says west texas will be decimateed economically because of the chickens. and oil. go up to oil rigs to stuff themselveses in to it? >> eric: they can't -- you are 100% right. solving it. talk to the environmentalists can't they move next door. moving the chickens, right? >> bob: move the oil. >> dana: move the oil? >> kimberly: that makes no sense. >> dana: there are two stories in california. you get environmental whacko stories out there. there is an oyster farm. secretary call czar called them and said sorry -- secretary salazar called and said sorry, we're not renewing the lease. shut down 30 jobs. >> kimberly: seven families lose their home as well. you have to be concern whe
, that is reported in the daily caller. we begin with a call from diane in julian, california, on our democratic line. caller: good morning, peter. my prediction came true, reelecting a president. women against violence acts, being held up by the house. john boehner and the republican house majority leader eric cantor. i tweeted last night quiet late saying the republicans are going to gang up on john boehner. there is an article in the new york times showing they feel he is dragging his feet and waiting until january 3. i also understand that the chairman of the government oversight and reform committee darrell issa, which is from our district here, is holding up the vote on the women against violence act also, which involves the illegals, native americans, and lgbt. this is a coal in the christmas stocking for women who helped to get president obama reelected, and is an attack on medicaid for women that have children, and seniors and -- host: we will leave it there. thanks for calling. olean is in tennessee, republican -- leeann. caller: we need to have more cuts. look at all the thousands obama ha
on september 8, 2001 new york sacramento, california. -- in sacramento, california. >> my name is paul mauser, i'm the father of paul maus -- of daniel mauser who was killed in the massacre at columbine high school. >> my name is paul wilson. my beautiful wife christy lyn wilson, 26 years, was cowardly shot and killed in california, onth 12, 2011. -- october 12, 2011. >> i'm andre, i am father of bear. my son miraculously survived the shooting, he was in the line of fire. i am here not to represent the entire town, i am here just on my own accord. >> obviously the town that andre is talking about is newtown, connecticut. before we begin, is there anybody else here who has a story they want to share? i also come to this issue through personal experience. my younger brother was shot in a shooting that happened on the observation deck of the empire state building and i have some prepared remarks here but before i begin them, i just want to point out today there will be 32 more families that know the pain and horror that you just heard here today. we pay a lot of attention, and appropriately so,
tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time they have gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: yes, mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and will yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i also have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2318. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 -- ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that the quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s.j. 44. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the 250eu9le of -- title of the joint resolution. the clerk: senate joint resol
. return to index of stories... california has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation - but some state lawmakers are looking to make them even stronger. as kron four's terisa estacio reports, one lawmaker says, there is still a lot of work to be done. on the heels of the horrific shooting in newtown connecticut, several california law makers are saying enough is enough. it is time to put into place more restrictions on guns. specifically assault weapons like the ones used by the shooter adam lanza. leland lee is one of those pushing for new proposals in sacramento. >> this is a time we should all be reflecting. loopholes. and he is not alone. state senator ted gaines is calling for legislation that would prevent persons with court documented mental health issues from obtaining a firearm. >> and yee adds another state senator is looking at a proposal that put the bushmaster a-r - 15 style rifle. one of the guns the shooter used in the new town school massacre, is one of the most popular weapon's in the country. three- million americans currently have this gun in their homes. kron 4's re
of marriage act and california's proposition 8. nbc's pete williams joins us now from washington with all the latest details. good evening, pete. >> reporter: good evening, larry. the vilma case is the easier one. federal law signed into law by president clinton in 1996. it says if a person is legally married in a state, the federal government can't recognize those marriages. that's where you talked about federal benefits heterosexual couples get and same sex couples do not. the prop 8 thing is bigger. while potentially it's confined to the state of california only, the question it out there having given the right to gay marriage could the state then take it away through proposition 8 passed by a majority of the vote nurse 2008. having taken that case, the court could get to the bedrock issue. can any state refuse to let same sex couples get married under the federal constitution. it could potentially be narrow or very far. >> pete, as i understand it, let me ask you. this one of these things, maybe the driving one, is defense of marriage act was about paying the estate act. where one of
next call is charles from california, on the democratic line. you are on with damian paletta of the wall street journal. >> we will break away. live now to the capital. that is senator ben nelson from nebraska, retiring, make your marks on c-span. -- making remarks on c-span. thank you. we thought we would catch a moment of his comments, which were brief. we're standing by four senators coming back from their party caucuses. caller: the other thing is harry reid has not voted on over 40 bills the republicans have put up there, and he blames republicans. , isopod you were supposed to bring bills up there and talk about them and vote on then. they have not pass a budget in over four years. they are not being responsible for that. guest: that is what makes him such a powerful figure. they said we sent you the legislation that would help the deficit cannot help create more jobs, and democrats in the senate have not acted. democrats say those are partisan bills with no bipartisan support. that is why the leader -- senate leader reid is going to be at the white house today because
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in the stockton, california, schoolyard at the cleveland elementary school. you would have thought that we would have acted. bills were put in. it took us until 1993, four years, to pass the gun -- assault weapon ban. courageous legislators stood up and said enough is enough. but hearings and all went on and on, about military-style weapons that should be banned. anybody knows you don't hunt with a banana clip with 30 shells in it or 30 bullets in it. that's not hunting. that's not what you use at a gun range. and that you should not be able -- we know we shouldn't be able to buy a gun if you have a record or serious mental illness. you would think those things that were common sense would become law. they became law in 1993, and there was a pushback from the national rifle association that said, well, all right. you can pass this. but put a 10-year sunset on it. why do you put a sunset on an assault weapon ban? but we did. the fight was led by a courageous lawmaker who was willing to stand up, take the chance of having the n.r.a. come down on him, name is pete stark. pete stark led the fight in
tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? without objection. ms. hahn: madam speaker, tonight in time's square, hundreds of thousands of people will be there at midnight to watch that ball drop. but here in congress we have also dropped the ball. we are in the final days of the 112th congress and no one expected us to be here on the house floor on new year's eve, but here we are racing towards that fiscal cliff, towards higher taxes on the middle class, on slashed investment for the american people, including nutrition for mothers and infants, education for our children, and our infrastructure. what part of the cliff sounds like a good plan? i know i'm not the only one who spent time with families that it will hurt. i know i'm not the only one who has visited the businesses worried that our country could have another recession. we should not be playing this game of chicken. there is too much at stake to have politics as usual. we have an opportunity to prevent the fiscal cliff, but in order to do so we must act as a unified
a lot of people are thinking. >> it was said before the last election, especially in california. chronic debt, huge taxes, overwhelming pension problems, which they have a very hard time dealing with. voting overwhelmingly for president obama. california had like 20 points for the obama team. why not ask for the help? we help you, now you help us. it is implicit in the election. megyn: detroit has a jobless rate of 18.9% in october. can you imagine that? the population has plunged by 25% over the last decade. 30,000 homes stand vacant in that city. even if we wanted to bail them out, could you even put a price tag on our? >> no, you could not. they have no money left. they are right on the edge of bankruptcy. megyn: this is a long time coming. this isn't necessarily caused by the wall street meltdown. >> in 1964, it was the most important manufacturing sector in the world. it has been downhill since then. a bailout actually wouldn't really help them. they may be kicking the can for six months, but it essentially doesn't help. megyn: the notion that someone else needs to fix the problem -
california, arizona, north carolina are all being transformed in the post-world war ii period by this historic shift in population and political influence. just think about it. really does three from 1964 to two dozen eight could be thought of as kind of the carried of sun belt dominance in american presidential history. if you think about every president elected from 1964-2008 comes from a state of the sun belt. lyndon johnson from texas, richard nixon from california, gerald ford was never elected. he was not even elected vice president. he was a michigan. jimmy carter from georgia. ronald reagan from california. first george bush, texas by a connecticut. bill clinton from arkansas, and the second bush from texas. so 2008 is in some ways a watershed election. it is this 40 year period of sun belt dominance. and there were issues that are critical in the politics that develop, that came out of the sun belt. they tended to have a conservative task to them. they tended to be oriented around history of strong national defense, of an opposition to unions and a defense of free ent
them down. i yield back. mr. murphy: i yield 1:30 to the gentlelady from california, ms. esh -- eshoo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. eshoo: i thank the gentlelady from connecticut. there have been many heart -wrenching tributes this evening. on behalf of my constituents in the 14th congressional district in california, i hope that our words and our prayers and also our future actions will be a source of comfort to the parents of the victims and to the community of newtown, connecticut. it is appropriate that we offer our prayers and our sympathy, but that's not enough. that is not enough. it is in this chamber and in this congress we're together. we can indeed make the changes that the american people in their and wish are looking for. i can't help think of the words of you lincoln's gettysburg address when he said the nation will long remember what we say here but it will never forget what which did here. it is us to be dead cailted here to their great unfinished work. the massacre of these angels should really inspire us to take on the job of what really
from south carolina, on what senator dianne feinstein, democrat of california. it should be a busy morning on the sunday shows. back to your calls. june is waiting from wisconsin, on the independent line. good morning. host: good morning. first of all, shame on a congress, particularly the republicans who have just wanted to does -- to destroy this country. the tea party, i am so glad i am able to say this, the t stands for treason, because they have done all they possibly can to ruin america, to overthrow our government. host: can you take us through the next 48 hours on this debate on the fiscal cliff? what needs to happen? caller: ok. i say, the president should be willing to come up to $300,000, as far as tax increases. we need revenue. $400,000, some people make that. we need revenue. the only way to get it is to get it from people who actually have the money. there is no shame in helping our government. this is our government. the republicans need to understand that social security and medicare -- listen, those are so important. people are talking about i do not want children
jump. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: jeff page owns 120-acre vineyard in california's napa vail vale but when his great-grandfather started farming here in the late 1800s, this was cattle country. >> both sides of the family came in before the turn of the century, and farmed orchard fruit and cattle. >> reporter: but much of the land she grew up on is gone, sold to pay estate taxes after his grandfather's death. had land back in the hills over there? >> yeah. >> reporter: had to sell it all. >> had to sell all of it? >> reporter: estate tax? >> yes. >> his grandfather died in 1972 when estate taxes were at an all-time high, 77%. >> it was a big tax bill. it was half a million dollars we sold off 150 acres, gave us something to pay the tax with. >> reporter: now, jeff and his wife mary worry their dream of passing the land on to their two daughters will be ruined by the fiscal cliff. the estate tax rate would rise from 35% to 55% on estates worth over $1 million. at today's prices in the the napa valley, the pages' land could easily be worth $8 million. >> you're wealthy, right,
. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. to understand the federal budget mess and the so-called fiscal cliff, it's important to know three numbers. 39, 37 and 64. 39% is the combined growth of inflation in population over the last 10 years. 39%. 37% is the increase in revenues in the same period. that's despite the recession and the tax cuts. not quite keeping pace but pretty close. 64% is the number that is killing us. 64% is the increase in federal spending in that period. that's nearly twice the rate of inflation and population growth over the last 10 years. now, the spending side of the fiscal cliff is the so-called sequester, automatic cuts in federal spending. some say it's the end of western civilization as we know it. it's hardly the case. after a 64% increase in expenditures during this decade, the sequester doesn't actually cut spending at all. it simply limits spending growth next year to about half of a percent. now i opposed the budget deal that created the sequester las
's right. host: let's move on to alan in california, republican caller. what's the name of your town? south of santa barbara. caller: we are in california here. we have gone over the fiscal cliff here. we are billions of dollars in debt. democrats and the labor unions are bankrupting this state. so democrat parties are so good why are we bankrupt? don't you think it's time that the unions instead of spending billions of dollars on political campaigns, give that money back to the membership so they can pay their own way? and as taxpayers and people like me that live on a fixed income don't have to be taxed out of our homes and lose the money we work hard to make? host: mr. welch. guest: first of all you have worked hard and -- but a couple things. number one, i can't comment on the california situation. i just don't know enough about it. although the reports are things are starting to turn around a little bit there. and it's very tough to pass a budget when you've got that superis majority requirement. number two -- supermajority requirement. number two, how we got here, it's not unions. the
irish subsidarbs like they are in i think arizona, even when they do things in california they manage to ship a part somewhere else. so they are one of the worst, even worse than wal-mart in terms of what they might have contributed to to. i take it that $24,000,000,000. >> they are avoiding in taxes . >> one little tiny thing, they have had the opportunity over the courses of the years to do things in a much safer way when they manufacture in china and all over the place. >> no. there have been stories about the working conditions in china which is another reason i am glad these jobs are coming here. ruth ruth, you make a good point. i feel good about apple but we also have to change the tax laws so that to reward companies like apple that do bring their manufacturing here and to punish those who keep exploiting the jobs. >> this is "the bill press show." about global warming. they just want to shut it down and go home. ed is calling from frederick maryland. museum >> bill: good morning. exciting issue. from financial regulation, iran that trade-offs a
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